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Friday, 17 August, 2018

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has announced an early start to the bushfire season in Victoria due to record-breaking low rainfall.

According to CFA, current climate outlooks produced by the Bureau of Meterology indicate warmer and drier conditions, which will worsen with current state of dryness in spring and early summer.

CFA is talking about bringing restrictions in as early as September and is urging the public to start preparing for the bushfire season now.

Strathbogie Shire’s Municipal Emergency Manager, Ken Ross is urging residents to start preparing their properties now.

“Grass curing can occur very quickly and even though the grass may be green, there will still be a requirement to keep within the required standards,” Mr Ross explained.

“We urge landowners and residents to start preparing to ensure their land is as safe as possible.”

Mr Ross said properties within townships or less than 2.6Ha must remove all flammable rubbish from their yards and ensure grass and weeds are kept cut to a height of no more
than 100mm.

“Properties greater than 2.6Ha must slash around all buildings to a minimum distance of 20 metres,” Mr Ross explained.

“Property boundaries must be slashed to a width of 6 metres. When neighbouring dwellings and assets are nearby this must be increased to at least 20 metres.”

Mr Ross said the early bushfire season will bring forward inspections and the provision of Fire Prevention Notices.

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council are urging those with life-saving defibrillators to register them, as the location of a large number of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is unknown across the state. 

The chance of survival increases by 62% if a person in cardiac arrest is defibrillated by a bystander before an Ambulance arrives. 

Information about the location of registered AEDs is made available through an online registry, helping build community awareness and understanding on where local AEDs can be found. 

Ambulance Victoria estimates that on average, more than 2,500 AEDs are bought in Victoria each year but not registered, often meaning their location is not known by bystanders responding to a person in cardiac arrest. 

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Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council will join VicHealth in its mission to get kids walking, riding and scooting to school as part of the health promotion foundation’s annual Walk to School program.

Every October, Walk to School month encourages kids and families to get active on the trip to and from school to help build healthy habits for life.

Council will work with local primary schools to deliver a range of activities encouraging more families to walk, ride or scoot to school this October thanks to funding of $10,000 from VicHealth.

Local kids are also encouraged to put their creativity on show by decorating their shoes, bikes and scooters to show off on the way to school.

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Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Strathbogie Shire Council has welcomed funding for the construction of the new Violet Town Men’s Shed which will be located at the Shadforth Reserve.

The $78,150 project will be funded through a $52,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as a variety of in-kind support and voluntary labour from Strathbogie Shire Council, Violet Town Men’s Shed and a number of generous local businesses and individuals.

Member for Northern Victoria, Ms Jaclyn Symes joined the Violet Town shedders to turn the first sod at the new site.

“The Violet Town Men’s Shed will be a fantastic new facility, built by the local community and for the local community,” Ms Symes said.

The group has been established for some time and is operating out of an old Scout Hall which is no longer suitable due to the age of the building, termites affecting the structure and the need for more space.

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